The Autumn of 2003

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Re: The Autumn of 2003

Postby ptdebate » October 1st, 2018, 4:38 pm

During the Autumn of 2003 almost 100% of my gaming time was devoted to Phantasy Star Online on the Gamecube.

That was the same year we upgraded to broadband internet. Depending on where in the house I set up my console to play, I would run a 50ft ethernet cable across the floor. Crazy to think about it now, but I was playing an MMO - with a full keyboard - on a Nintendo console in 2003 - via high-speed internet. That was 15 years ago!

People think of the Xbox as being the big online gaming platform of the time, but I'll never forget how much fun I had and all the friends I made playing online on the Gamecube. Probably the #1 gaming experience I've had so far in my lifetime.

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Re: The Autumn of 2003

Postby Voor » October 1st, 2018, 6:36 pm

txsizzler wrote:Autumn of 2003... being that my daughter was born in September of 2003, pretty much all my time was being devoted to her, my wife, and work. Sleep and the above responsibilities is pretty all I did during that time (and sleep was hard to come by with a newborn).

I can relate to that. There’s a period of my life where I have no memory of sports, movies, or video games. Just work, family, and sleep. I remember emerging from that period and having to “rediscover” the things I enjoyed—I had forgotten. It was a weird experience.

Kids are older, so I have more free time, and I’ve learned to manage it a lot better too.

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Re: The Autumn of 2003

Postby CharlieR » October 2nd, 2018, 1:12 pm

Herschie wrote:Let's keep this going. Somebody should do a similar topic from a time from, say no earlier than 1988, and no later than 2013. What games were you playing? What was going on in your life? Video games are virtual time machines.

Indeed they are. I had to go look back and see what games came out around that time. I played a lot of NBA live 2004 on the gamecube. Mario kart Double Dash was one of my favorites. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 came out a year earlier, but I was still playing it then, and am currently playing.

It's amazing how games from fifteen years ago stand the test of time. I, and I'm sure a lot of people here, have more fun with games back then than now. Maybe even more; I know I do.

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Re: The Autumn of 2003

Postby ActRaiser » October 2nd, 2018, 5:25 pm

Hmm, let's see, 15 years ago I would have been up in Minnesota for about a year to a year and half.

When I wasn't working or hanging out with friends I played the living daylights out of Knights of the Old Republic, Soul Caliber II, and Crimson Skies.

Back in those days we were getting together twice a week for Halo 1 LAN games. Initially, we started off at one buddies house and then moved to another one's garage. Eventually, the garage housed 4 Xboxes with 4 super large tube tvs.

I don't think I was able to show up twice a week all too often but I always made it on Fridays. Great times.

We still get together once a week, now just Fridays. I arrive less often these days but, it's still the same group. We've upgraded to plasmas and use 360s to play Reach. The Xbox One didn't offer LAN originally so we elected to skip it. Who knows, maybe we'll eventually upgrade to Halo 6 if it elects to support split screen. Either way we still enjoy killing each other. Now, there's more socializing and sharing good food before the killing fields start.

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Re: The Autumn of 2003

Postby astrodomekid » October 5th, 2018, 7:50 pm

I was eight years old at the time (would turn 9 towards the end of November). For months I was hooked on Glover and Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage, both of which I got on my PS1 over the summer. I was also playing the heck out of Star Wars: Racer Revenge on my PS2, as well as Pokémon Sapphire and Wario Land 4 on my Game Boy Advance. My little sister’s favorite game franchise is Kingdom Hearts, and she played the heck out of the first game back in the day. All in all, 2003 was a memorable year for me, especially with the games we played.

Speaking of which, I’m still waiting for the Critic to review Glover, as it remains one of my favorite games of all time (preferably the N64 version, since it’s far superior). And I’d love to see the rest of the Spyro trilogy reviewed as well (original or the upcoming remaster that I’m excited for).

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Re: The Autumn of 2003

Postby Herschie » October 6th, 2020, 1:22 am

A bit of history repeating itself: I'm playing the 2003 playoffs in MLB The Show 20 with one twist: Kerry Wood and Mark Prior are both hurt. So that means that I have to get it done with Matt Clement, Carlos Zambrano, and Shawn Estes. I was also playing Metroid Prime as well, I love that game. It's rather soothing to play. On a CRT, though that was manufactured in 2004.

Bears still having quarterback controversies. With a good defense.

Only thing that's changed is weed is now legal in Illinois, but the law never stopped me before. I just don't have to hide it anymore. Not so much into blunts anymore as they're a waste of weed, I have a mortgage to pay, and at 39 I just can't smoke like I used to.

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Re: The Autumn of 2003

Postby Zack Burner » October 6th, 2020, 6:49 am

Ah yes the Autumn of 2003, what a time of my life for sure! Many ups and some downs. I was 17 going on 18 in that period. I had to enjoy as much as being youth as getting prepared to become an adult was painful as it was. I started getting into 4 Final Fantasy games such as VII, VIII, plus earlier titles IV and VI. I also tried out clayfighter, King of the monsters, Donkey Kong Country thanks to emulation. Outside of gaming, my favorite show Pokemon showed its best battle of all time Ash vs Gary and then the group split up Misty taking the curtain call, and from that moment on the show has never regained its edge, magic, and messages. Now for the real down was my Grandmother died in November, she was 83 years old. My senior year in High School was starting, and I've had triumphs and struggles just like everyone else. Before this time period, I overcame some struggles and volunteered at my favorite museum, and had a lot of get togethers with good friends, enjoyed going to a great New York theme park The Great Escape. 2003, what a year for me, I call it one of the best years of my life

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